Four rescued after Navy helicopter goes down off Virginia; one missing


'Turned our way and started firing': Gunman dead after rampage at DC Navy Yard

(Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters)

Police chief says officials are investigating reports of two additional gunmen after at least four are killed at Washington Navy Yard.

Continue reading


Washington horror: At least four killed in shootings at Navy Yard

(Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Alleged shooter reported wounded after SWAT teams swarm headquarters of the Naval Sea Systems Command in southeast Washington, D.C.

Continue reading


Women in combat: Could special ops be the next stop?

(Photo: Tech. Sgt. JoAnn Makinano)

The Pentagon has moved beyond merely talking about placing women into combat and is actively mapping how, when and where servicewomen eventually will be assigned to far more dangerous duties — including, perhaps, special forces operations, senior U.S. defense officials tell NBC News. 

Continue reading


Three US Navy football players under investigation for alleged sex assault, sources say

(Photo: Dreamstime)

Three U.S. Naval Academy football players are under investigation for alleged sexual assault last year against a female midshipman, sources have confirmed to NBC News. 

Read the complete story.

Navy SEAL killed in rescue of US doctor identified

(Photo: U.S. Navy)

The Pentagon on Monday identified the U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in the rescue of an American doctor in Afghanistan as a highly-decorated 10-year veteran from Pennsylvania.

Read the complete story.

The sound of silence: Sailor finds peace in world’s quietest room

(Photo: TODAY)

As a Petty Officer on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Nick Hair spent nine consecutive months living on a ship the size of a city with 4,000 sailors on round-the-clock shifts. He slept in a room stuffed with 100 other people and longed for the days he spent hiking in the woods and running in wide fields back home near Westchester, New York.

Ex-Navy SEAL killed in Libya respected as highly trained pilot, marksman

(Photo: Doherty family photo)

Updated at 5:57 p.m. ET: A former Navy SEAL killed in an attack this week on a U.S. consulate in Libya was described Thursday as a highly trained marksman and security expert who “lived life to the fullest.”

The man, identified by U.S. officials and family member as Glen Doherty, 42, a native of Winchester, Mass., was working as a security specialist for the U.S. government when militants attacked the U.S. Consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday night. He and three other Americans were killed in the attack, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and Sean Smith, an information management officer.

365 days after blindness, sailor swims for gold

(Photo: Christopher Lee / Getty Images)

For one final, terrifying moment, Navy Lt. Brad Snyder could see.

In fact, the last thing he ever viewed — one year ago today — was his two intact arms and his two attached legs. After stepping on a hidden bomb in an Afghan farm field then feeling the raw heat of the blast burn his face and hurl him backward, Snyder’s first instinct was to look down and inventory his body parts.

Read the complete story.

USS Porter collides with oil tanker in Strait of Hormuz

(Photo: Jonathan Sunderman / US Navy via Reuters)

The collision nevertheless left a gaping hole in the starboard side of USS Porter, a guided-missile destroyer suffered, but no one was injured on either vessel, the U.S. Navy said in a statement. The collision with the Panamanian-flagged bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan occurred at approximately 1 a.m. local time. 

The cause of the incident is under investigation, the Navy said, adding that there were no reports of spills or leakages from either the USS Porter or the Otowasan. 

Reported by NBC News wire services

Read the complete story or see more photos in the Photoblog.

Aircraft carrier USS Stennis going to Persian Gulf early, staying longer

The Pentagon is sending the aircraft carrier USS John Stennis to the Persian Gulf region four months ahead of schedule for an eight-month deployment – twice as long as originally planned, defense officials told NBC News on Monday.

The major shift in the Stennis deployment is a response to steadily rising tensions over Iran’s nuclear program, Iran’s threat to shut down the Strait of Hormuz over tighter international sanctions and the possibility that Israel may launch pre-emptive airstrikes against Iran’s nuclear facility.

Read the complete story.